Our Trust Strategy 2023 – 2028

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has launched its new Trust Strategy for 2023 – 2028,‘The Future of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, Our Strategy, 2023 - 2028’.

The strategy has been developed after many months of work and engagement with Trust staff, service users and external stakeholders to deliver a strategy which addresses the needs of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s diverse, local population, aligned with Combined Healthcare’s Trust values.

David Rogers, Chair, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, said:

“This is an exciting time for Combined Healthcare, and our new strategy outlines our ambitions for the next five years in addressing how we respond to the evolving wellbeing needs of our local population and changes in our NHS and government landscapes. Our overall Trust commitment and vision for 2023 – 2028 is ‘To continue to be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it’. As one of only two specialist mental health trusts in England with an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and reinforced by our prestigious 2022 ‘NHS Trust of the Year’ award win from the Health Service Journal (HSJ), we are a Trust that aims to achieve the best possible outcomes for our service users, carers and communities.”

Liz Mellor, Chief Strategy Officer, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, added:

“We are grateful to all our stakeholders who gave us their insights and feedback to inform our development of the strategy. We recognise this is an ambitious strategy and over the next five years we will invest in and develop our people so the Trust becomes an organisation of excellence, delivering this change and our goals through our strategic and operational plans. We look forward to our continued working with our staff, service users, carers, families and stakeholders to deliver this strategy through ongoing co-production, further improving the care that we deliver.”

A summary of Combined Healthcare’s new Trust Strategy is available in this short video below and you can also download a copy of the full strategy here.

Combined Healthcare’s values and quality aims have shaped its three strategic priorities for 2023 – 2028, which are:

These three priorities are underpinned by four key enablers, which are the pillars of why, how and what the Trust does.

  • Quality – which is about personalised, safe and effective care
  • People – developing the Trust’s workforce and ensuring Combined Healthcare continues to be a great place to work
  • Partnerships – Combined Healthcare values the contribution and ability it has to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders
  • Sustainability – as the Trust works towards delivering net zero, it wants to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure all of its resources are using renewable energy.

David Rogers


North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Liz Mellor

Chief Strategy Officer

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust